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Sep 28, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
A Russian-American businessman who donated a substantial sum to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election effort boasted to a senior figure in Moscow that he was “actively involved” in the Republican candidate’s campaign. 🚨 theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s… Simon Kukes told Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, a career Kremlin official, he was helping Trump with “strategy development” and shared photos of his 29-year-old Russian girlfriend posing with the future president.
Sep 5, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War buzzfeednews.com/article/daveya… Wow.
Sep 4, 2018 15 tweets 6 min read
Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency wapo.st/2LVev45?tid=ss… John Dowd was convinced that Trump would commit perjury if he talked to Mueller. He staged a practice session to try to make his point. Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia probe, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until Trump eventually lost his cool.
Aug 23, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
“Holy Shit, I Thought Pecker Would Be the Last One to Turn”: Trump’s National Enquirer Allies Are the Latest to Defect vanityfair.com/news/2018/08/d… Prosecutors granted immunity to David Pecker, chairman of American Media Inc., and A.M.I.’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, so they would describe Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign
Aug 22, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Aug 19, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Federal authorities investigating whether Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, committed bank and tax fraud have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that he and his family own. 🚨 nyti.ms/2OKRfaX Investigators are also examining whether Cohen violated laws by helping to arrange financial deals to secure the silence of women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. The inquiry has entered the final stage and prosecutors are considering filing charges by the end of August.
Aug 19, 2018 4 tweets 4 min read
If you haven't read this, you should.. Jill Harth filed a lawsuit in 1997 in which she accused Trump, among other things, of attempted rape. Here's the 12-page complaint. (1/3) Harth claimed that Trump treated her like a sexual object, expressed his interest to exploit her as a sex slave, demanded that she sleep with him, groped her during a dinner party,and attempted to rape her. She also provided several accounts of Trump mistreating other women (2/3)
Aug 18, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
The W.H. counsel has cooperated extensively in Mueller's investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators wouldn't have learned of otherwise nyti.ms/2ONyPWZ Mr. McGahn was also centrally involved in Mr. Trump’s attempts to fire the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, which investigators might not have discovered without him.
Aug 11, 2018 4 tweets 4 min read
@thegarance @maggieNYT @kenvogel Also worth noting; the finance vice-chair for the inaugural committee was Elliott Broidy. Let's say he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. @thegarance @maggieNYT @kenvogel Or how about the committee's treasurer, Doug Ammerman. He was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a tax shelter fraud in the early 2000s. wsj.com/articles/SB113…
Jul 25, 2018 21 tweets 9 min read
I've been wanting to do a thread on Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy for a while, but I seriously don't know where to start. This guy seems to be up to his neck in all sorts of bizarre scandals. So here's a short rundown of some of the things we've learned about Broidy. Back in 2009, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners. blogs.wsj.com/privateequity/…
Jul 18, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Today's filing claims that in documents, alleged Russian spy Maria Butina often refers to her “funder” — a Russian oligarch who, according to Forbes, had a net worth of $1.2 billion in 2018. You might want to mute this thread, but I want to try and narrow that down a bit. Forbes’ 2018 billionaires list includes 12 Russian nationals worth an estimated $1.2 billion.
Jul 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles wapo.st/2zJUYmg?tid=ss… Butina told the Senate Intelligence Committee that she began a romantic relationship with longtime Republican political operative Paul Erickson. 🍯
Jul 17, 2018 8 tweets 6 min read
Here's a short thread with some of today's headlines. You've probably seen the New York Daily News and the New York Post by now. But it's pretty interesting to see how the rest of the country reacted. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California..
Jul 16, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General. justice.gov/opa/pr/russian… This is huge news. Here's my thread on Maria Butina and her infiltration of the NRA.
Apr 14, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
And here's one that 'got away'; Republican fundraiser Lewis Michael "Lew" Eisenberg was RNC Finance Chairman and co-chairmen of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. In the early 90’s Eisenberg lost his job at Goldman Sachs due to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by a young woman named Kathy Abraham with whom he had a 7-year affair.
Apr 13, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
Michael Cohen is spending a lovely 80-degree day with his friends, outside his Manhattan hotel, smoking a cigar. On the right: Rotem Rosen. Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir accompanied Donald Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia. Rotem Rosen is the "right hand man" of real estate magnate and Putin ally Lev Leviev. Here's Ivanka at the bris Leviev organized for Rosen.
Nov 23, 2017 37 tweets 17 min read
In September of 2004, armed terrorists took 1,100 hostages in a school in Beslan, Russia. After three days, Russian security forces stormed the building using tanks, rockets and other heavy weapons. The siege ended with the death of at least 385 people.

#TrumpRussia thread 👇 The incident sparked bitter controversy over the competence of the security forces and shook confidence in the Kremlin. To end the controversy, Putin assigned a parliamentary commission to investigate the incident, and put this man in charge of it: Aleksander Porfiryevich Torshin